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Complications of a Hair Transplant Surgery

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Hair transplant is a simple surgery which is liked and appreciated for its benefits and minimum side effects. A carefully done hair transplant does not give you any serious complications. But like all other surgical procedures it also has some risk of complications involved. Being a minimally invasive procedure makes it a relatively safe treatment with minimum side effects and complications, but only if performed carefully.

Hair Transplant Surgery Complications:

Let’s have a look at the complications of a hair transplant surgery and how you can avoid them.


Swelling comes inevitably with each surgery. Hair transplant, patients also experience swelling on scalp and forehead. It should not be a serious issue and can be relieved with cold compressions. However, if the swelling persists for more than a week or you feel throbbing pain then you must get it checked from your hair restoration surgeon.


It is also a common side effect that individuals report after hair transplant surgery. You feel itching in scalp due to the formation of thousands of tiny scabs in the treated area. Shampooing prevents scab formation and may also relieve itching. You can ask your surgeon if you can use anti-itch creams on your scalp. People often think massaging the scalp is also good for relieving itchiness, but this is a very wrong concept. Massaging the transplanted area before 10 to 12 days may dislodge newly transplanted hair follicles.


A carefully performed hair transplant does not cause any infection. But only surgical skills are not enough to minimize chances of infection. In fact it is the post-op care that decides safe and uneventful recovery. If you will carefully follow instruction of your surgeon after the transplant, be assured infection is not a word for you. It happens only in rare instances, when the individual does not take proper care of wounds. Some surgeons also prescribe antibiotics before and after the surgery to decrease the chances of infection.


The reason behind hiccups after hair transplant is still unknown. In fact, it is quite strange that some patients experience hiccups after surgery. They may be light or can continue for several hours. Try to get rid of them with easy remedies like holding your breath for a few seconds. Consult your surgeon if they do not stop and become painful.


An incision always results in a scar. FUT hair transplant, also known as strip method transplant, always causes a linear scar at the donor site. This scar is quite noticeable and you have to wear your hair long to hide it. However, FUE procedure which is a modern technique for harvesting hair follicles does not give conspicuous scars. Rather, it causes tiny pinhole scars which you can easily hide even with a buzz cut.


Hair transplant may form thousands of small scabs around the roots of transplanted hair. Do not pick these scabs as it may cause freshly transplanted hair follicles to pop out. Ask your surgeon if you can use a vitamin E shampoo to soften these scabs so that they slide off at their own. Post-op care instructions that the surgeon delivers clearly mention that scratching the treated area or picking at the scabs may affect the results of your surgery.

To further minimize risk of complications, must choose a good hair transplant surgeon who has plenty of experience in surgical hair restoration. At The Hair Transplant Center, we have a team of highly skilled cosmetic surgeons who have specialized in both FUT and FUE hair transplant surgery. If you are interested, book a free online consultation now and let our experts guide you.